Myth: COVID-19 caused the housing crisis
There's no doubt that COVID-19 had an impact on the housing market, but many contributing factors were at play before 2020. Research Scientist Caitlin Hamrock busts the myth that the current housing crisis was caused specifically by the pandemic.
Data mythbuster: "No one wants to work anymore"
We are facing a labor force shortage, but is it caused by workers opting out? Many people believe that the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath have driven workers away from the labor market. Is this really the case?
Ramsey County Inclusive Workplaces Cohort
Read about Ramsey County's Inclusive Workplaces Cohort, a group of decision-making staff from small- to medium-sized employers in the county that are committed to learning how to recognize the systemic inequities in their workplaces and make substantive change toward equity and inclusion.
Three data mythbusters: Misconceptions about socioeconomic and demographic data
In today's world, we have so much data at our fingertips. But it's important to know how to use that data wisely. We need to be aware of its limitations and biases so that we can make informed decisions. This is especially true when it comes to socioeconomic and demographic data, which can have a significant impact on our understanding of society and the communities we serve. Here are three data myths debunked.
Poverty trends in Minnesota
After nearly a decade of incremental declines in Minnesota's poverty rate, we’ve seen an upward trend in poverty since the onset of the pandemic. Here are a few interesting—and some troubling—trends about poverty in Minnesota.
Advancing Equity with Data: American Community Survey
Join Minnesota Compass staff in this five-part virtual training series, designed to empower nonprofit and community leaders in Minnesota with the knowledge and skills to effectively use American Community Survey (ACS) data.
100 Rural Women
Learn about 100 Rural Women, a nonprofit and non-partisan organization committed to building leadership and confidence through networking, mentoring, education, and civic engagement.
What shapes a leader? A look at culture and demographics
How do culture and demographics connect to leadership development and influence? Research Scientist Justin Hollis provides some thoughts and some questions to ponder.
Poverty and Guaranteed Income Programs
More than half a million Minnesotans experienced poverty last year. Guests, including Compass Project Director Allison Liuzzi, talk about financial insecurity and how guaranteed income programs are helping families obtain financial health and well-being.
SWIF data for swift impact
Amidst the disruption and changes created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) kept a steady focus on the people and communities of southwestern Minnesota. Here are some of the ways they used data to inform their decisions and strategic planning.